The Strikeforce light heavyweight championship scene was left on life support after Dan Henderson departed the organization with the title in tow and top 205-pound contender Muhammed Lawal tested positive for steroid use. However, the company appears to be doing its best to fix the mess that’s been made by booking a bout between Gegard Mousasi and Mike Kyle.
Mousasi is coming off a one-sided victory over Ovince St. Preux in December and has won four of his last five fights with the lone exception being a questionable Draw to Keith Jardine. The 26-year old has only lost a single time since November 2006, holding an overall record of 32-3-2 with 28 stoppages.
Though Kyle may not have Mousasi’s buzz he’s been on a hot streak at 205 over the past few years with his only losses coming to top heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. Twelve of his nineteen total wins have come via TKO including knockouts of Wes Sims, James Irvin, and Rafael Cavalcante.
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